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Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
John Bridgeland

Over the last fifteen years, the private and public sectors have worked effectively to make education a stronger data-driven enterprise in areas related to the challenge of high school dropouts.

Did AT&T, Verizon, Et al., Garner Over $17 Billion in 'Very Small Business' Spectrum Licenses?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

How did the largest phone companies end up saving billions from discounts on wireless spectrum licenses that were supposed to be reserved for 'very small companies'?

Telecom Sleaze: ALEC and Its Communication's Funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast and Time Warner Cable

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

But it is ALEC that should cease operations and everyone reading this must ask -- why is the Department of Justice (DOJ) not investigating ALEC and its corporate communications members and funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast & Time Warner Cable?

AT&T Fires President Over Racist Text

AP | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business

LOS ANGELES (AP) — AT&T Inc. on Tuesday confirmed that it has fired Aaron Slator, a president who became the subject of a $100 million discriminatio...

Sprint and T-Mobile Gaining Ground

Michael R. Levin | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Michael R. Levin

AT&T and Verizon continue to have the most loyal customers. Relative to their size neither attracts as high a percentage of new customers from other carriers as Sprint and T-Mobile do.

Six Lawsuits Against the FCC Over Net Neutrality -- and Counting

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

I would argue that it is time for more lawsuits, but right now they are going in the wrong direction. The FCC should be taking the companies to court and starting the process of separating the companies from their control over critical infrastructure -- that we paid extra for, over and over.

AT&T Ordered To Pay $25 Million Fine Over Customer Data Breach

Reuters | Posted 04.10.2015 | Technology

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission reached a $25 million settlement with AT&T Inc over a consumer data breach at call centers ...

America's Ugly Truth About Broadband

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

When Finland and Hungry beat out the United States of America in download speeds and the Republic of Seychelles and Bangladesh beat us in 'upload' speeds, you know something is wrong with broadband in America today.

Timothy Stenovec

Here's What Happens When Internet Providers Have Zero Competition

HuffingtonPost.com | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 03.31.2015 | Technology

Hint: Exactly what you think.

Time Warner Cable's Triple Play Gluttony and the Net Neutrality Rules

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

For those who say, well, the new net neutrality order will fix everything, (assuming it makes it through various, expected court battles), I'll detail a few of the good things about the order as it relates to these charges, then give you the reality -- it doesn't fix most things.

Women in Business: Sandra Howard, Assistant Vice President-Advertising, AT&T

Laura Dunn | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Sandra Howard is Assistant Vice President - Advertising for AT&T, the world's largest communications holding company. In this role, she leads the deve...

5 Newsworthy Privacy Stories Today

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.09.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

In addition to my regular HuffPost musings, this marks the first of a series of weekly columns designed to quickly and dare I say entertainingly help us all be aware of a few most important privacy-related stories, good and/or bad.

The Other FCC Decision

David Morris | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
David Morris

By now, if the telecom companies had kept their promises we might well have a national broadband network that would be the envy of the world. Instead many consider the United States a laggard in high speed, affordable broadband.

How to Fund an Open, Ubiquitous, Very Fast, Broadband Internet Utility

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While it is great that Net Neutrality principles, which means that they can't screw with your Internet service, may be put into effect, it belies the more pervasive problems -- you may not be able to afford (or want to pay for) that service or get that service or have a choice about who offers you that service.

Net-"Sue-Me"-Neutrality: Get Ready for the Spring Offensive

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Once the entire Open Internet (Net Neutrality) rules are put out (we have only an outline as of this writing), you can expect a lawyers' banquet, a feeding frenzy where they will file and file and file.

Influence Abuse: Trust, Truth and Games of Gotcha

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.28.2015 | Media
Alan Kelly

Is it time for the spin police?  Sitting in the theaters of entertainment, politics and business, one wonders if practitioners of influence are abusing their tradecraft and the trust of their markets.  One wonders then if they'll self-correct or be market-corrected.

How the Christian Coalition and MoveOn Helped Save Net Neutrality: A Buried Story of a Powerful Coalition

Paul Loeb | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Loeb

This week's FCC action should bring a long-delayed victory for net neutrality. It's an important victory, without which the online world that we've come to take for granted would risk being auctioned off to the highest bidder. But this victory might never have happened without an unlikely political coalition a decade ago.

Net Neutrality From Muskets to Megabits

Art Brodsky | Posted 04.22.2015 | Technology
Art Brodsky

On February 26, the FCC will do something that few have ever accused the government of doing. It will recognize reality and act appropriately. That, in a nutshell, is the debate over net neutrality. Just as plain telephone service connected people and was regulated, now it's data services. Calls or video are all just megabits. Telephone companies couldn't discriminate in their traffic then, neither should they or cable companies be able to play favorites or manipulate customers now. That basic, regulated fairness is what allowed the Internet to develop, a point some current opponents seem to miss, whether blinded by ideology or money. But if you listen to the anguished cri de coeur from the loyal defenders of the big telecom companies, you would think the FCC's action was a government coup d'interconnecter -- a takeover of The Internet.

Why Three Is Such an Important Number in Business

Ira Kalb | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Good marketing follows certain universal truths. To succeed in an increasingly skeptical and fragmented marketplace, therefore, it behooves marketers to learn and apply these universal truths to marketing their products. One of the most important "truths" is the "power of three."

Author and Journalist Eric Brach on Why Net Neutrality Matters

Jarod Cerf | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Jarod Cerf

In light of the recent debates on tiered access to broadband service and whether telecommunication companies have the right to charge both content providers and home users (as well as the federal government's evolving stance on the issue) I sat down with Eric Brach.

Why Apple's Dramatic Profits Could Spell Disaster

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 04.10.2015 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

It's hard to imagine that Apple's stunning profit report from last week is anything but good news, but i'm going to go out on a limb and say that what we've just witnessed is the beginning of the end of Apple.

Verizon's Super-Cookies Are Spying on You Right Now

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.05.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks Verizon could be violating a federal law requiring phone companies to keep customer data confidential. My take on all of this is that if nothing else, it's a clear violation of our personal rights.

Snapchat As You Knew It Is Gone

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 01.28.2015 | Technology

One of the most popular messaging apps sure isn't what it used to be, oh, 48 hours ago. Snapchat on Tuesday announced a massive update called "Disc...

T-Mobile Wins The Quarter

Michael R. Levin | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
Michael R. Levin

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Maintain Customer Bases Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) released analysis of the results from its research on mo...

Why Do Consumers Switch Mobile Phone Carriers?

Michael R. Levin | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Michael R. Levin

Consumers do not appear to switch carriers based on the quality of customer service received from their old carrier or anticipated from their new carrier.